There’s a lot that can be detected about your dog’s health through his poop. As a pet owner, you’ve most likely gotten used to what is considered normal for your dog. This is important to know because when there is a change from this, it can be an indicator that your dog isn’t feeling well. He may not be experiencing any other obvious symptoms right away but if there is a change in your dog’s stool, such as mucus or blood, then it’s a good idea to contact your veterinarian for a checkup.
This type of symptom is one that is important enough to make a special appointment with your veterinary clinic versus waiting until your dog’s next appointment. Watch for other changes in physical appearance or behavior that may indicate your dog isn’t feeling well. Keep an eye on irregular bowel movements and any potential food allergies that could lead to a bacterial infection in the digestive tract.
Symptoms of Mucus in a Dog’s Poop
Though mucus is a symptom in of itself, there are other symptoms your dog may experience when it appears. These include abdominal pain or tenderness, diarrhea, lack of appetite, dehydration, and/or vomiting in dogs. When these symptoms occur, it shows your dog’s body is rejecting whatever is happening on the inside. Whether it’s an infection, parasites, or a virus, there is something foreign that isn’t agreeing with your dog’s bodily functions.
If your dog is typically playful and running and jumping around, but you notice he is walking slowly and doesn’t want to engage with others, that’s symptomatic that he’s feeling ill. If your dog hasn’t eaten his full dish of food or drank his dish of water throughout the day, that’s also a sign that things may be wrong.
Because dogs can’t communicate with you through words, it’s even more important that you pay attention to their behavior. Even if there are times when your dog seems like he’s acting out or being more aggressive, it could mean that he is in pain or discomfort.
Track his symptoms and how often they’re happening. Give this full report to the veterinarian when you make the appointment. By doing a full assessment and gathering information from you, he or she can more accurately diagnose the problem.
Causes of Mucus a Dog’s Poop
Mucus in the poop can be a result of a number of conditions ranging from toxin overload to parasites to diseases like autoimmune disorders or cancer. Before you think the worst, know that mucus found in the stool is not the problem itself but rather the body’s way of showing you something is wrong. Since pets can’t communicate their pain to us through words, these symptoms help detect when your dog is feeling ill.
Your veterinarian will likely want you to collect a stool sample to bring with you to the veterinary assessment. It’s also best to write down any helpful details that may be relevant to your dog’s symptoms. For example, did your dog recently rummage through the garbage and eat something he shouldn’t have? Eating garbage can cause a bacterial infection in the digestive tract that may lead to bloody stools or excessive mucus in stool. While your veterinarian will make an official diagnosis, it could be that your dog is experiencing food poisoning as a result of blood in stool or the mucus production. Though serious, it can be diagnosed and remedied more quickly than other medical conditions such as cancer.
The mucus in his stool could be a result of something rotten that he accidentally ate. However, if your dog is also vomiting, experiencing lethargy, or has become more aggressive lately, these could all be indicators that he is in deep pain and discomfort due to something more serious. If your dog presents with multiple symptoms, the veterinarian may decide to run multiple tests following a full assessment. Blood work and x-rays can create a more complete look at your dog’s current health and what could be the root cause of his symptoms.
The range of causes vary widely so your dog’s diagnosis must come from your veterinarian so you know what kind of treatment plan to start. Even if your dog’s ailment is temporary, it’s still best to get him checked out or receive the advice from your veterinary professional as to how to proceed next. A case of food poisoning may not necessarily require a trip to the veterinary clinic but rather mild foods and plenty of water to keep your dog hydrated. It will be up to your veterinarian to decide the best route of care.
Diagnosis of Mucus in Dog’s Poop
There are times that your veterinarian will not be able to determine what is causing mucus in your dog’s poop from a physical examination alone. Usually, it’s the dog stool sample itself that can provide more answers.
If your dog has intestinal parasites, these will only be visible through a microscopic look at the sample. Parasites can be transmitted between pets and can be found in contaminated water sources. They develop inside your dog’s intestinal tract and feed off his blood. Depending on the type of parasite it is, it can live inside the intestine for several years without being detected. Meaning, your dog could experience symptoms off and on depending on how the parasites are affecting him.
A veterinarian may prescribe medication to get rid of the parasite, which would then eliminate the mucus in the stool and other associated symptoms. However, there are different treatments depending on your dog’s specific case and health history. What may work for one dog may not be the best route of care for yours. That’s why a full evaluation and complete medical history are important to consider before prescribing any treatment.
Mucus can also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition like inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or cancer. Each of these come with their own course of treatment dependent on your dog’s current health and the severity of the disease. Mucus is not a symptom that will necessarily go away on its own, especially in these more serious situations. If the symptom continues for more than a day or increases, then contact your veterinarian right away if you’ve not already done so.
Treatment for Dogs with Mucus in Their Poop
There is no one treatment that will cover all conditions that involve mucus in the stool as a symptom. It depends on what other symptoms your dog is experiencing. Treatment is also dependent on your pet’s current history, his age, breed, and current medications. All of it plays a part in a full treatment plan.
Medication is commonly prescribed for problems with parasites, infections, or viruses. If your dog is suffering from dehydration or lack of nutrition, he may receive food or liquids intravenously. Some conditions may require surgery and others may include treatment that addresses improving your dog’s quality of life, rather than being able to provide a cure for the disease at hand.
If your dog has mucus due to a short-lived condition, your veterinarian may still recommend a change in your dog’s diet or exercise plan. The healthier your dog is, the stronger his immune still will be to help fight off diseases and infections. Does your dog follow a regular diet of whole or organic foods? Or, does his dog food have several additives or other chemicals? Do you take your dog on walks regularly or does he barely get outside for exercise?
Check your dog’s current dietary regimen. If he has a sensitive stomach, altering his diet could be especially valuable for his future health. But even if he does not typically have digestive or stomach problems, the food he eats plays a big part in his overall wellness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered a healthy stool sample?
It’s easier to define what is not considered a healthy stool sample. If your dog’s poop is hard or it l